East Bay native Ryan Coogler’s feature film on Oscar Grant, “Fruitvale Station” – which is opening in the U.S. July 12 and getting broader national distribution July 26 – continues to get rave reviews around the world.

According to Jamilah King at Colorlines, “Fruitvale Station” got a two-minute standing ovation after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Coogler’s film is based on the last day of the life of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old black man who was shot and killed in Oakland by former transit officer Johannes Mehserle on New Year’s Day 2009.  The film, originally titled “Fruitvale,” got another standing ovation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and had its distribution date moved up from fall to summer 2013. Stars include Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as Grant’s mother and and Michael B. Jordan as Grant.

After Grant’s death, Oakland Local reported in depth on the trial of Mehserle, who was later convicted for killing him (but who got a light sentence for his crime.)

Are you planning to see this movie? Would you like to see it in Oakland? Leave your thoughts in the comments, please!

For more info:

Fruitvale Station Facebook Page

On Twitter

Recent articles and reviews (May 20):

Cannes review: Fruitvale Station reveals an atrocity of American injustice – Awards Daily

12 Actors Who Have the Most at Stake This Summer – Vulture

Cannes 2013: Fruitvale Station Review


About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

4 Responses

  1. Wstr

    Yes, will definitely be seeing Fruitvale — too important not to support, plus it seems like a very well done, moving movie.

  2. Nyko Hackett

    YES, definitely going to see this film! Specifically, I love all of the attention that is being spotlighted on Oscar’s life and the circumstances surrounding his family’s loss. Looking forward to seeing it in person!

  3. Mad

    Yes, I want to see this. It happened in my back yard so I have an obligation to see this. Support of my city and any film that shines a light on such an important story.

  4. San Antonio

    I will be going to see “Fruitvale Station” as soon as it’s released here in Oakland, and I’m telling everyone I know about it.


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